Immigration has always shaped the American continent. Today, our modern American borders are increasingly defined by growing Latino communities on both sides of the border. Whether Latinos continue to come here in big numbers or not will not lessen the impact they are already having and will continue to have.
Get the facts on immigration. It is the single most important issue for our generation and will shape America’s future as we age and attempt to compete with industrial muscle and brains our competitors possess.
America’s greatest asset is that millions of people want to come here. Its greatest challenge is taking advantage of that immigration. Our current immigration policy is broken.
Get the facts: http://www.pewhispanic.org/files/reports/107.pdf
“Unauthorized immigrants living in the United States are more geographically dispersed than in the past and are more likely than either U.S. born residents or legal immigrants to live in a household with a spouse and children. In addition, a growing share of the children of unauthorized immigrant parents—73%—were born in this country and are U.S. citizens.
These are among the key findings of a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, which builds on previous work estimating the size and growth of the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population. A 2008 report by the Center estimated that 11.9 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the United States; it concluded that the undocumented immigrant population grew rapidly from 1990 to 2006 but has since stabilized.1 In this new analysis, the Center estimates that the rapid growth of unauthorized immigrant workers also has halted; it finds that there were 8.3 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. labor force in March 2008.”